The Greville Memoirs: Volume 2

The Greville Memoirs: Volume 2 : A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV, King William IV and Queen Victoria

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Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville (1794-1865) was one of the most important English political and social diarists. Clerk to the Privy Council for over forty years, he mixed with all the great political names of the day, including Wellington, Melbourne, Palmerston and Peel. Greville was fascinated by people, and a great collector of information, believing that 'there is always something to be learned from everybody if you touch them on the points they know'. Greville always intended his diaries to be published after his death. They appeared in eight volumes between 1874 and 1887, and form an important historical source for the first half of the nineteenth century. Volume 2 begins with the funeral of George IV, and concentrates largely on the disputes surrounding the passing of the Reform Bill. It also includes debates on the state of Ireland in the 1830s.
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11. Accession of William IV; 12. The Belgian revolution; 13. A proclamation against rioters; 14. Introduction of the Reform Bill; 15. Preparations for the Coronation; 16. Whig and Tory meetings on Reform; 17. Measures for carrying the second reading of the Reform Bill in the House of Lords; 18. Debate in the House of Lords; 19. Foreign difficulties; 20. Appointment of Sir Stratford Canning to the Embassy to Russia.
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